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Week 7

September 28, 2019 by Melinda Santos

What an exciting week!  Both classes happened to earn enough marbles to have their class rewards on the SAME DAY.  Fourth graders had been working for several weeks to earn a slime making party and they were finally able to cash in that reward on Thursday.  They did a great job keeping the “mess” contained and hopefully there were no slime explosions in their backpacks by the time they got home (we double bagged it!). 

Third grade friends cleverly timed their reward to bring stuffed animals and blankets to coincide with the school’s pajama day.  They were a little afraid they weren’t going to have quite enough marbles by Thursday, but they worked hard and pulled through!

For this upcoming week, we will be practicing the following skills:

Projects:  We will continue discussing different types of camouflage and begin working on our animal creations to present on Thursday.  We are focusing on keeping our animals realistic and combining different features and camouflage that would help our animal survive in our chosen habitat.

Writing: We are going to pause our narrative writing activities to back up and review how to write complete sentences.   During our writing and Daily 5 activities, I’ve noticed students have been struggling to identify where one sentence (or complete thought) ends and another beings. This provides us a great learning opportunity to revisit this concept and really  hone our skills. Students will also be learning how to write the letter G in cursive this week.

3rd Grade ELA: Students will continue practicing alphabetizing words up to the third letter, identify when to use different verb tenses, and focus on asking questions before, during, and after reading to better understand the text and become stronger readers. Our mentor text this week is Finding Winnie. Students will also continue practicing their time management by completing Must Dos/May Dos for Daily 5. 

4th Grade ELA: Students will continue practicing alphabetizing words up to the third letter, identify when to use different verb tenses, and focus on asking questions before, during, and after reading to better understand the text and become stronger readers. Our mentor text this week is Finding Winnie. Students will also continue practicing their time management by completing Must Dos/May Dos for Daily 5. 

REMINDERS:

  • Reading homework log needs to be signed every night and homework folders brought back to class everyday.
  • Please have your student bring an Oasis approved jacket/sweater to school each week. It is getting chillier outside and can get cold within the classroom as well. Be sure to label your child’s items!
  • If your child has a game or extracurricular activity, I would love to come and show them my support. Please let me know when and where so I can try to make it ?

Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns.  Have a wonderful week!

A Note from Mrs. Antoniono:

This week in 4th grade math we continued working with the standard/traditional algorithms for adding and subtracting! Yay! Feel free to guide your student at home using this strategy (that we know and love). After years of learning value based arithmetic, it was interesting to see how uncomfortable they were with the standard approach. Practice will make perfect. We also are working on linking bar models to our understanding of addition and subtraction. Bar models will be used in math for years to come, and are a great way to visualize the size of the numbers and what you are trying to solve. An addition/subtraction worksheet went home this weekend for home enjoyment. We will continue working with addition and subtraction into next week.

Today I sent home our first test on Place Value/Rounding. I wanted to remind you of some things we discussed at Back to School night. As we’ve mentioned, this year we have gone back to a very Singapore focused curriculum. Singapore is an extremely rigorous curriculum, and overtime we believe the students will find greater success in math.

Mrs. Sorensen and I are noticing that the unit assessments have questions that are more application based than skill based. This is a shift from what they have been used to seeing. You might notice that your student’s scores seem lower than they’ve been in the past. We feel that over time, they will adjust to these tests and benefit from the rigor that is being taught.

Please look over the tests with your student and go over any missed questions. On our end, we are keeping careful record of their progress and are meeting with students who need more support in certain areas. Basically, we’re just asking for your support as we move forward with Singapore math.

Of course, if you have any questions or concerns regarding your child’s test scores, please reach out to us. And rest assured, that as a whole, we’ve been very impressed with their work thus far!